ADDIS ABABA – More than 12 million quintals of fertilizers are being distributed to farmers, says the sole importer of the input in Ethiopia, as the country begins preparation for its main grain production season.
Ethiopia’s main grain growing season Meher runs from May to September. During this season, farmers mainly produce corn, wheat, sorghum, barley, and teff.
In a statement, the Ethiopian Agricultural Businesses Corporation said it has managed to bring in most of the inputs for the farming season and started distributing them.
The Corporation has a plan to import a total of 18.2 million quintals of fertilizers during the current 2020/21 Fiscal year.
Until Monday, it says over 15 million quintals or 82.8 percent of the fertilizers including NPS, NPSB, NPSZnB and Urea have arrived here via Djibouti.
Of these, over 12 million quintals of fertilizers are currently being distributed to farmers through cooperative unions, the corporation said.
The fertilizer use is expected to increase this year after figures from the Corporation show the amount of input imported jumped by 3.6 million as compared to the previous FY.
It also said other agriculture inputs including seeds, soil fertilizer, chemicals, among others, are being distributed to farmers for the upcoming farming season.
Featured Image: The Corporation is distributing various types of fertilizers to farmers [Photo EABC]